From One Extreme to Another
Conservatives will be happy to know that I don’t want to talk about being conservative or even about Stephen Harper today. I’m too distracted by other things to get into that right now.
I heard the weekend weather forecast this morning.
We’re going to get more snow over the next 24 hours. According to the weather office, we’re going to get between 5 and 10 cms although the meteorologist went on to say that we would get 2 cm over night and an additional 5-10 during the day tomorrow. I appreciate that I’m not up to speed on the ‘new’ math but to my way of thinking that works out to 7-12 cm not 5-10; but maybe I just added it up wrong.
The point is that we’re getting more snow and to be perfectly honest, I’m of the opinion that we have enough. I don’t know what to do with all of the snow I already have and more snow will merely complicate things.
There is one bright side to it, however, I’ve noticed on social media that Liberals and Conservatives are both complaining about the long winter and lousy weather so maybe it’s a unifying opportunity.
If we can come together to agree on the weather maybe we can learn to agree on other things – well – maybe that’s getting a bit carried away.
More than any other topic, Canadians are obsessed with weather. We talk about it all the time. It’s too cold or too warm. There’s too much rain, snow or not enough. Today was perfect, tomorrow looks like crap. We’re so obsessed with it that many local news/talk radio station run weather reports every 5 minutes in the morning because there’s nothing more encouraging than to be reminded every 5 minutes that the weather today is going to be miserable.
We’re kind of like meteorological masochists. We can’t wait for the latest forecast to abuse us and many of us enjoy it so much, we can’t wait to go back for more.
“Beat me. Whip me. Drop 10 cms of snow on my head.”
Some like to point at significant weather fluctuations as evidence of our impending doom; proof that climate change is occurring and by extension, we are the authors of our own misfortune. They wallow in their dire predictions like suicide bombers eager for the explosion because it will prove they were right. The fact that they won’t be here to enjoy being right never seems to occur to them until that split second just before the explosion blows their head up their ass – literally this time.
Folks like David Suzuki in Canada and Al Gore in the United States have done very well for themselves predicting our imminent demise as a civilization but I’ve never taken either of them too seriously. They always seem too calm about our pending destruction to believe what they say.
You would think that if the world was about to end thanks to global warming, folks in the know like Suzuki and Gore would be too upset to worry about such mundane things as buying new homes and making themselves into millionaires.
What would be the point?
Nope, I’m not going to take climate change seriously until I see the richer environmentalists – the ones making a financial killing off the ‘cause’ – go running and screaming naked down main street yelling:
“We’re all going to die. Run. Run. Hey – quit looking at my ass. We don’t have time for that. We’re going to die, I tell you!”
Hysterical panic is a far better indicator of impending ruin than the accumulation of wealth and jetting first class to international conferences.
Lousy weather is just lousy weather. It’s really that simple and it’s quite ok to complain about it if for no other reason than it gives us something else to talk about besides how stupid we consider those who voted for a political party that opposed the one for which we voted.
And – not to make too fine a point of it – lousy weather is not an indication of the ravages of climate change. It is, at the end of the day only an indication of lousy weather.
This earth is a violent place and always has been or to put it in language that my more extreme environmentalist friends might understand; Mother Gaia is a bitch with a really bad attitude at times.
The planet routinely experiences the violence of tsunamis, earthquakes, tectonic plate shifts, tornadoes, hurricanes, avalanches, volcanic eruption, sinkholes, tidal waves, floods, drought and a variety of other fairly violent and usually very unpleasant events and has been for a very, very long time.
Some point to these events as proof of climate change. They’re half right. The earth’s climate does change over time. It cools; it warms and it has been doing it for eons. It is a self-absorbed delusion to believe that we are the primary cause of that climate change and unbridled arrogance to believe that we are capable of reversing or stopping it.
We waste billions on this nonsense when we should be learning to adapt better to whatever climate change does occur and to better prepare ourselves and our communities to the ravages of extreme weather.
The simple truth is that we can’t do much to influence what Mother Nature throws at us but we could do a better job of anticipating and preparing for it. A good place to start might be by understanding that not everything is our fault and that there are some things that just happen and that we can’t prevent.
Acceptance of reality is always a better beginning than continuing to waste time clinging to fantasies. It gives us the opportunity to better deal with the situation and better yet; it frees us up to go back to doing what we really are good at. . .
. . . complaining about the lousy weather.
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